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Additional 20916, f. 1 f. 1 Triumph of an Academic
Triumph of an Academic
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Description: Miniature of the Triumph of an Academic. On a marble balustrade an academic procession is depicted as if it were the triumph of a hero of Antiquity. Against a hilly landscape a figure dressed as a doctor of Law or Humanities is seated on a chariot in the Classical style. Two putti tie owls (symbols of wisdom) to the chariotís wheels while two others spur on the birds with a broom and club. Other putti follow the procession. One carries a shield bearing a bas-relief of a two wrestlers painted in trompe l'oeil. On the projecting parapets are Hercules in combat with the Hydra (symbolising physical strength) and a philosopher writing on a scroll (symbolising intelligence). At their base is the artistís signature in epigraphic capitals: 'Dii faveant / opus Franchi miniatoris'. In front of the balustrade a seated roe deer observes three frolicking rabbits. 
Origin: Italy, N. E. (Padua) 


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